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A 48-Hour Career: Space Apps By Numbers

6 Aug 2013, 18:31 UTC
A 48-Hour Career: Space Apps By Numbers
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When the International Space Apps Challenge wrapped up on the evening of April 21th 2013 in Maui, it had become the largest hackathon in the galaxy. After the event, Space Apps 2013 was seen the world over as a resounding success; bringing together thousands of people from all over the world to solve problems relevant to not just the mission of space exploration, but also problems facing us here on earth. Put simply, it was awesome. But exactly how big was Space Apps 2013? What precisely made Space Apps as awesome as it was? It is these very questions that will be answered in this, the inaugural edition of Space Apps By Numbers! *Everyone Cheers*
First, let’s build out the numerical foundations of Space Apps before we delve into the statistical interior decorating that will hopefully inform your decision on how awesome Space Apps was. During the event, 9147 registered participants collaborated across 83 event locations, as well as virtually, in 44 different countries. These participants produced 770 unique solutions to over 58 challenges curated by NASA and 20 other agencies/organizations [1]. This data is awesome, but you all have probably heard it all before, plus it’s not portrayed in ...

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